Daily Archives: November 22, 2011

Birding in Uplands Park – Sunday Nov 27, 2011

Birding

Last Sunday of each month with Ralph Archibald.  This November 27th at 8:30, meet at Cattle Point near the boat launch.  Bring your binoculars, scopes, bird guides and dress for the weather.

Reminder – Friends of Uplands Park Steering Committee – Thursday, November 24, 2011

FOUP Steering Committee Reminder
Date: Thursday, November 24
TIme:7:30 to 9:30
Place: Margaret’s house:  1894 St. Ann Street
Agenda Topics: We are interested in new Steering Committee members and also in people that would like to be involved in one of our projects like the Signage Project, the Earth Day Celebration on April 22, organizing Public Meetings like our next one on Thursday March 8 at 7 pm, Windsor Park Pavilion, or Education events….
New Members Welcome: Come to this meeting and discover new information about FOUP!

Margaret Lidkea Trains Six Team Leaders for Invasive Plant Removal in Uplands Park

Report from Margaret:

Congratulations to our new Team Leaders for the Invasive Plant Removal Project:  Louise Goulet, Anna Graham, Val Aloian, Gavin Gentles, Margaret MCCullough and Christina Johnson-Dean

On Sunday these wonderful volunteers took a 2 hour training to become registered with the Oak Bay Parks Department. As Team Leadersm, they can supervise groups wanting to remove invasive plants throughout the Fall, and in some circumstances at other times of the year is specified sections of Uplands Park.

This means the Friends of Uplands Park can remove much more ivy and Daphne and we can educate more people.

If anyone is interested in a specific date please email me and I will contact the group to see if anyone is available.

Remember that you must have a Team Leader to supervise any invasive removal in Uplands Park.  People removing invasives without OB Parks permission create problems.  One year a bunch of dry weeded Scotch broom caught on fire and threatened the neighbouring houses.  In the meadow the fire destroyed several plants and resulted in a hugh regrowth of Scotch broom from seeds. Other people have really disturbed the soil and this has an adverse effect on native plants.  Other people have also planted non native plants to make the park “more beautiful”.  This desecrates the Garry Oak ecosystem.